#RailsWest by #JLMulvihill

“The System Regulatory Unit has determined that the responsible parties of last week’s explosion in Downtown St. Louis are none other than the notorious Abigail Steel and her band of pirates. She is wanted for questioning regarding numerous acts of rule breaking against the System. She is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached but informed upon at once.” Not only is her name misspelled, but the System has her description all wrong because AB’Gale Steel is not a criminal. She just wants to find her papa and now she feels she is so close, but will the System catch her before she finds him? And what about the marks on the map the old hobo gave her? What was Papa doing in all those places? Why is the System so concerned about Bishop Steel and his daughter? Are the people of America seething with frustration? And is there an insurgency boiling beneath the surface? All the answers lie within Rails West.


Gazing out across the blue wilderness of sky, I feel small and insignificant.



(@7thStarPress, 26 July 2016, ebook, 286 pages, bought from @AmazonKindle)




This is a very enjoyable conclusion to the Steel Roots trilogy and I enjoyed it a bit more than the previous book, Crossings. The events which kick off in The Boxcar Baby come full circle but not everything is wrapped up in a neat bow and there’s enough scope at the end of the book for a continuation of the series even though the main story threads have reached an end. Abigail and her friends have done what they set out to do and teamed up with people who want to fight the System but not every question has been answered. I really enjoyed this trilogy and felt I really got to know the characters and root for them. I might check out other books by the author.

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